Three Vermont companies named to 'Made in USA' Hall of Fame
It was announced today that Simon Pearce, Vermont Flannel and Vermont Teddy Bear are among the Made in the USA Foundation's inaugural recipients of its Hall of Fame Awards. Awards are presented to companies whose ongoing commitment to manufacturing goods in the United States reflects their support of creating local jobs and upholding fair trade standards throughout the world.
"The Foundation is proud to announce the creation of the Made in the USA Hall of Fame," says Foundation Chairman Joel D.Joseph. "We have
considered hundreds of worthy nominees, but have selected only 20 based on the following criteria:
- Companies that have remained steadfast and refused to outsource;
- Companies that have strived to export;
- Companies that have continued to improve quality.
All of the companies that we have named to the Hall of Fame are exemplary American companies that produce very high quality products. All of these companies also export their products around the world."
Hall of Fame inductees include businesses of all sizes and from all segments of manufacturing, including major corporations as well as family-owned businesses from industries ranging from apparel and footwear to furniture and specialty goods.
Quotes from Made in the USA Award Recipients
"Simon Pearce is proud to support our American artisans who produce all of our hand-blown glass and handmade pottery at our workshops in Vermont and Maryland. It's an honor to be recognized as one of the increasingly few companies in our industry that maintain a proud domestic manufacturing base."
~ Rob Adams, President, Simon Pearce
"As a homegrown apparel company that began out of our closet 26 years ago, we are honored to receive this award for our commitment to 'Made in the USA.' We are proud to be amongst this great list of honorees. We are one of the proud few in our (apparel) industry that has figured out how to leverage 'Made in USA' in our production efforts."
~ Thom and Mary Ellen Vernon, Founders, Fresh Produce Sportswear
"What a pleasant surprise to be the recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for 2010. You know that I support the goal of your enterprise and am hopeful that manufacturing can once again be a major driver in our economy. It's not just about the money -- it touches in a profound way how we define ourselves."
~ Tom Moser, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers
The 2010 Made in the USA Hall of Fame Inductees:
American Apparel, Los Angeles, California
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
Allen Edmonds, Port Washington, Wisconsin
Vermont Flannel, East Barre, Vermont
Vermont Teddy Bear Co., Shelburne, Vermont
Boeing, Chicago, Illinois
Highland Shoe Co., Bangor, Maine
Caterpillar, Peoria, Illinois
Adriano Goldschmied, South Gate, California
Gitman Brothers, Ashland, Pennsylvania
Fresh Produce, Boulder, Colorado
Basic Threads, Carrboro, North Carolina
Thorlo Socks, Statesville, North Carolina
Bill's Khakis, Reading, Pennsylvania
St. John's Knits, Irvine, California
J&A Shoes, Gardena, California
Thos. Moser, Auburn, Maine
Simon Pearce, Windsor, Vermont
Maglite, Ontario, California
Zippo, Bradford, Pennsylvania
SOURCE Made in the USA Foundation. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --